APRN Guides

Pursuing an advanced nursing career is challenging, but there is a wealth of scholarship opportunities, professional associations, salary guides, and more to help aspiring APRNs. Check out our authoritative resource guides below.

Top Twitter Accounts for NP Students to Follow (2020-21)

November 23, 2020 – Matt Zbrog

Whether you’re looking for personal missives, professional opinions, or emerging news stories in nursing, following these nurse practitioner Twitter accounts can plug you into the ongoing conversation.

National NP Week 2020: Advocacy Guide & AANP President Interview

November 9, 2020 – Matt Zbrog

This year’s annual Nurse Practitioner Week is from November 8 to 14, honoring NPs across the country for their contributions to the health of the nation. NP Week isn’t just a celebration, though; it’s also a call to action. Advocacy efforts by individual NPs and by professional organizations such as AANP are critical for advancing the profession and meeting the needs of the American public.

AANP President Interview: The Importance of the Flu Vaccine

October 22, 2020 – Matt Zbrog

As the global community races towards a vaccine against Covid-19, healthcare workers are fighting to remind the public about the importance of vaccinations, including the one that already exists to combat the seasonal flu.

Guide to the Most Useful Mobile Apps for Nurse Practitioners

August 27, 2020 – Kimmy Gustafson

The right mobile app can streamline a nurse practitioner's day. Apps can now help with diagnosing complicated cases, providing references for medical conditions, supplying detailed medication information, and even providing continuing education. Nurse practitioners can access these apps on their smartphones or tablets from their office, home, or exam room streamlining patient care.

The Importance of Culturally Competent Care: Needed Now More Than Ever

August 18, 2020 – Melissa DeCapua, DNP

This article provides an overview of health disparities in the United States, introduces the concept of culturally competent care, and encourages all nurses and nurse practitioners to continue to practice and support a better, more inclusive health system.

How Much Do Nurse Practitioners Make? A Comprehensive Guide (2020)

July 28, 2020 – Becca Brewer

The average nurse practitioner salary across the nation varies by source. According to the BLS (May 2019), NPs made an average annual wage of $111,840. The 2019 AANP National Workforce Survey corroborated this, finding that NPs made $110,000 on average.

How to Write an Excellent NP School Personal Statement

July 27, 2020 – Rachel Drummond

So why are nurse practitioner admissions so competitive? A shortage of qualified nursing teaching faculty and an increasing number of retiring nurses are some possible reasons, according to CNN.

Guide to Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education Resources (2021)

July 22, 2020 – Becca Brewer

While much of an NP’s continuing education happens in a way that is hands-on, practical, and in response to what they encounter as they practice, maintaining licensure and professional certification requires practicing NPs to adequately complete formal continuing education as well.

Which U.S. States Have the Highest Demand for Nurse Practitioners?

June 25, 2020 – Becca Brewer

With NPs equipped with the skills needed for the current and impending needs in healthcare, the Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS, 2020) predicted that between 2018 and 2028, the demand for NPs will swell 28 percent. An incredible 53,300 new NP jobs are predicted during this time period, with an overall nation-wide job availability of 242,400.

NC-SARA and Online Nurse Practitioner Programs: What to Know

April 3, 2020 – Kimmy Gustafson

Standardizing education to ensure a minimum level of quality has been a huge problem as the number of institutions offering higher education increases. Over the past decade, there have been institutions in the news for scamming students with programs that provide little value and saddled them with costly loans. Thankfully, there are several organizations, public and nonprofit, established to help regulate higher education.